Release Date: February 16
The Buzz: There's perhaps not a single MCU movie that looks as utterly unique in terms of its mythology and world-building as Black Panther, which will largely take place in T'Challa's home country of Wakanda, as he tries to cement his reign following his father's death.
Director Ryan Coogler's two movies to date, Fruitvale Station and Creed, scored 94% and 95% respectively, and with Black Panther's enormously rich backstory to draw from, it's possible the only way is up for the filmmaker.
We already know that Chadwick Boseman is a casting triumph as the title character, while the rest of the embarrassingly brilliant cast includes Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Angela Bassett and many more.
Simply, even those fatigued with the MCU may find Black Panther to be just the antidote they were craving. Above all else, it should feel very different from just about everything that has come before.
And let's face it, considering how few mainstream superhero movies there are featuring black superheroes, pretty much everyone wants this to succeed. Unless it's an absolute trainwreck, the reviews will probably be relatively forgiving just because of what the film represents.